Giveaway Time! It Starts With Food & Socks!

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I’m not proud to admit it, but I rarely — if ever — pick up a book that isn’t a cookbook. But in recent weeks, I’ve happily sacrificed precious sleep to devour two non-cookbooks: Andy Cohen’s Most Talkative and Dallas and Melissa Hartwig’s It Starts With Food. And as much as I love Bravo’s Executive Vice President of Development and Talent, I haven’t yet gotten past page 56 of Cohen’s cheeky, breezy memoir. Despite my love of The Real Housewives, I pushed it aside to finish It Starts With Food. Why? Because the book is a wonderfully engaging and fun read, and because being the healthiest version of me is my number one priority. (Sounds awfully Oprah of me, huh?)

Written by the dynamic duo behind Whole9, It Starts With Food hooks you in with a casual, conversational tone that immediately puts readers at ease. It’s authoritative without being preachy — just like the authors themselves. When I read the book, I can literally hear Dallas and Melissa talking to me. Yes, there’s a lot of science and references packed into the pages of It Starts With Food, but the Hartwigs have distilled it all into clear, concise, and easy-to-digest (pun intended) concepts and analogies that even those among us who failed high school biology will easily grasp.

Here, for instance, is one way they explain the critical role of leptin:

Imagine that your brain is blind, unable to see your chubby reflection in the mirror or the creeping number on the scale. It needs leptin to give it the facts it can’t see. So until the brain hears leptin say, “OK, we’re fat enough,” the brain is going to keep telling you to eat more and move less, to ensure your survival… And without that leptin message, your subconscious brain will continue to direct your behaviors as if you were too lean — despite the fact that you know you’re gaining too much weight.

Believe me: I’ve tried to explain to people the science behind the way I eat, and despite my degree in nutrition and food science, I’m often greeted with blank stares. In contrast, Dallas and Melissa make it look easy.

Like most of you, I lead an extremely hectic life. But the main reason I’m able to thrive (and I’m not using that word lightly) is ‘cause I’ve got my nutrition dialed in. I’m not perfect by any means, but the food blueprint I follow is Whole9’s. From my blog, you can see that I pretty much eat according to the Whole30 program every day, along with the addition of a few foods that I’ve reintroduced into my diet based on self-experimentation and/or because it’s worth it (like dark chocolate and the occasional bit of whole, raw, grass fed dairy). This nutritional approach is so deeply embedded in my cranium that — without even thinking about it — I developed almost all my recipes in my iPad cooking app to be Whole30-compliant. (Did I mention that my app contains a Whole30 recipe category and is officially Whole30-approved?)

The Hartwigs’ new book is a fantastic reference for EVERYONE that addresses virtually EVERY conceivable question about how best to nourish yourself. Really. I tried to stump the book, and couldn’t. Got a question about the healthfulness of fruit smoothies? Page 193. The fiber content of grains versus vegetables? Page 110. What about nutrition for pregnant or breastfeeding moms? Page 245. Vegetarians? Page 240. It’s all in there.

For readers who aren’t yet fully on board with clean eating, It Starts With Food is disarmingly persuasive. Any and every roadblock that you can throw up is knocked down by the Hartwigs’ no-nonsense, well-researched answers. 

I’m not kidding when I say that I carry this book in my bag at all times. Ever since my preview copy of the book arrived, I’ve whipped it out whenever I’ve been asked a question about the way I eat — and I get asked a lot. When a co-worker told me that her brother was feeling tired and run down ten days into his Whole30, I flipped to page 214 and pointed out the section on “carb flu.” When friends asked me what dietary fats to prioritize, I told ‘em to read Chapter 15 (“The Right Fats”). Rather than stumbling through a rambling diatribe about nutrition, I can refer to the smart, succinct answers in It Starts With Food.

I also have to sing the praises of The Meal Map in the book. Designed by my super-fabulous foodie soulmate Melissa Joulwan of The Clothes Make The Girl, the Meal Map is genius, filled with inventive but simple meals that you can whip up from your well-stocked pantry and fridge. It’s the perfect cheat sheet for readers who are craving delicious inspiration for innovative, healthy meals.

I’m sure some of you will discount my high praise for It Starts With Food because you know I’m friends with the Hartwigs. Yes, I’ve shared laughs and meals with Dallas and Melissa, and I’m proud to say that Dallas and I once butchered a steer together. But that being said, I wouldn’t be pals with people I didn’t consider genuine, smart, and sassy. And I wouldn’t steer you wrong. This book is the real deal. I frequently joke that the Hartwigs are like Paleo superheroes, but in all seriousness, what they’ve packed into It Starts With Food will definitely save lives.

Now, that I’ve (hopefully) got you excited about this book, who wants to win a SIGNED COPY for himself/herself (or if you already have a copy, for a loved one)? Three (count ‘em — THREE!) lucky winners will receive autographed copies of Dallas & Melissa Hartwig’s It Starts With Food AND a pair of my sold-out Nom Nom Paleo socks.
You can enter to win this giveaway in multiple ways:
  • "Like" the Whole9 and Nom Nom Paleo Facebook fan pages and let me know by posting one comment below.
  • If you own my iPad cooking app, write a review on the App Store and let me know in a SEPARATE comment below (along with the username under which you submitted the review).
  • You can get up to THREE additional entries by sharing this link (http://app.nomnompaleo.com/) about the Nom Nom Paleo iPad App via Twitter, Pinterest, and/or Facebook — and posting SEPARATE comments below for each method you used to spread the word about my App. Note that you don’t need to own my app or an iPad to do this! 
In other words, you can submit up to SIX entries if you do all of the above!
Make sure you remember to post a SEPARATE comment for each method of entry. Entries must be received by Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. PST. Good luck!
**UPDATE ON 6/23/12 at 11:30 p.m.: We’ve got three winners! The contest is OVAH!**

Giveaway Time! Gumball Poodle Socks!

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**UPDATE on 6/2/12: The giveaway is OVAH! Congrats to Amy Tran & Eatliftbreathe!**

I don’t care that it’s swimsuit season. For me, it’s always the right time for knee high socks. After all, there’s no better way to protect one’s shins during deadlifts than with awesome unisex socks emblazoned with BACON, MEAT, CHOCOLATE, NERD, and NOM NOM PALEO!

Gumball Poodle makes the best knee highs, hands down. I own all the Paleo-friendly ones — sorry, I don’t do TOFU socks — and I’m such a superfan that I commissioned the company to make NOM NOM PALEO socks. They’re comfy and stay up no matter how crazy the WOD. 

These NOM NOM PALEO socks are no longer available for sale (those suckers sold out in a flash!) but I’ve reserved a few last pairs to give away.

(Photo of Mee Lee of MeeNut Butter fame by George Bryant of Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations)

So here’s the deal: I’ve got variety packs of Gumball Poodle socks for two lucky winners! Each winner will receive a pair of BACON, MEAT, CHOCOLATE, NERD, and NOM NOM PALEO socks. All five pairs! And they look equally awesome on gals AND guys!

(Pop quiz, hotshot! How many people can you name in this photo?)

What are the contest rules?

You must:

  • (OPTIONAL) EXTRA CREDIT: You can earn an additional entry by linking to http://app.nomnompaleo.com and sharing a nice comment about my iPad app via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, or your blog! Just post a SECOND comment below with a link to your post!
  • All entries must be received no later than Friday, 6/1/12, at 11:59 p.m. PST

Good luck!

Mother’s Day Giveaway: Lava Lake Lamb & Socks!

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happy mommies’ day!

can you hear me? i lost my voice this morning, so i can only whisper in small caps…

i’m gonna keep this brief because i wanna spend time with my boys and recover from this sore throat. as a gift to myself, i’m going to forego posting my paleo eats tonight. in fact, after posting pics of the delicious mother’s day breakfast the double-os served me this morning…

…i’m turning off my computer today.

but first, a psa on some cool paleo bidness:

1. starting tomorrow, dr. kim mulvihill is doing another weeklong series on the paleo lifestyle. it’ll be shown in the san francisco bay area on channel 5 (kpix) at 5 p.m. monday through friday, and each segment’ll be posted on the channel’s webpage under the “health” tab as soon as it airs. after they’re broadcast, click here to watch the segments online.

2. paleo f(x) dvds are now available for sale right here. (full disclosure: this is an affiliate link, so if you decide to buy a set of dvds, i get a small percentage.)

check out this promo clip that highlights some of the cool stuff that was featured in this historic conference (and see if you can spot me in it!):

3. now to the fun stuff: how about some free swag?

for all the mommies out there (and people with mommies), enter to win:

lava lake lamb is totally legit.

everything i’ve bought from lava lake is 100% american grass fed, non-gamey, and beloved by everyone in the nombomb clan (even lil-o!). plus, lava lake’s also committed to protecting the land it uses and spearheading conservation action in the pioneer mountain region where the lambs graze.

did i mention that the lamb they produce is fantastic?

here’s how to enter:

**UPDATE: THE CONTEST IS OVAH! CONGRATS TO KASCHUBERT!**

  • you must reside in the united states of america (sorry!)
  • you must like the lava lake lamb facebook fan page AND sign up for their newsletter here
  • pin this contest on pinterest OR share this contest on facebook or twitter (be sure to tag me so i know you did it!)
  • after you finish all these steps, please leave just one comment after this blog post telling me you followed directions by 5/15/12 at 9 p.m. PST

good luck! now, go hug your kids, mom, dads, pets, pet rocks, whatever!

Giveaway Time! Personal Paleo Code, App, & Socks!

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**UPDATE on 5/9/12: THE GIVEAWAY IS OVAH! CONGRATS TO GIRLMEETSPALEO!**

Howdy, readers!

You might not hear this often enough in real life, but you’re appreciated here in my tiny corner of the interwebs. You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and doggone it, I like you!

And because you’re so awesome, I’m gonna host another giveaway!

What’s up for grabs today?

Lifetime access to Chris Kresser’s Personal Paleo Code (PPC) & Meal Plan Generator (MPG)!

A free download code for the Nom Nom Paleo app for the iPad!

And a pair of limited edition SOLD OUT Nom Nom Paleo knee highs!

I’ve described the app and socks ad nauseam so I’ll just wax poetic about The Personal Paleo Code. Chris Kresser is one of my nutrition gurus, and I especially love that he’s both super-brainy and practical in his approach to implementing the Paleo template. Chris understands that we’re all unique snowflakes and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all Paleo diet.

Here’s how he describes the PPC:

I’ve combined over 10 years of education and thousands of hours of research with my experience working with hundreds of patients in my clinic –- patients with problems and goals just like yours –- and I’ve turned it all into a practical, easy-to-follow system that allows you to personalize your diet, test and measure your results, and get all the support you’ll need to make it work for you. And I’ve done this with a level of passion and commitment that only someone who has had their own personal success story can do.

I’ve created a simple - yet highly effective – system for helping you personalize your diet. I’ll walk you step-by-step through the process just like I do with the patients in my clinic. I’ll be with you every step of the way until it sticks and fits you like a glove.

As a longtime contributor of recipes to the nifty Meal Plan Generator, I’ve had access to the PPC for a while now. I use it all the time because it’s is chock full of information that can be accessed anywhere there’s a WiFi connection. Whenever I’ve had a question about how to apply the Paleo template to my own life, I’ve found the answer in the PPC.

Thanks to Chris’s generosity, one of you can surf it as much as I do!

Here’s how to enter the giveaway for LIFETIME access to the PPC & MPG, a download code for my iPad app, and a pair of my sold-out socks:

  • Like Chris Kresser, LAc.’s fan page on Facebook 
  • Like the Nom Nom Paleo fan page on Facebook
  • Leave just ONE comment at the end of this post letting me know you followed all the steps by Tuesday, 5/8/12, at 11:59 p.m. PST.

This prize package is worth WAY over a hundred bucks (and probably a lot more, depending on how long you live!), and the giveaway’s open to both U.S. and international readers. Good luck!

(Oh, and you should definitely check out Chris’s Facebook fan page ‘cause he’s giving away an iPad3 and my app! To enter that giveaway, follow this link here.)

Giveaway Time! Win Goodies From Steve’s Original!

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**UPDATE: The giveaway is OVAH! Congrats to Sara Towne!**

I appreciate each and every one of my readers — even the really gullible ones who think I’d boil eggs in my sons’ urine and eat them. Yes, I’m talking about you.

To thank you for your patience, loyalty, and votes in Saveur Magazine’s 2012 Best Food Blog Awards (you voted already, right?) — and to celebrate the imminent launch of my iPad cooking app — I’ve partnered with Steve’s Original for a cool and delectable giveaway! 

Y’all know about Steve’s Original, right? Not only does the company make some of the yummiest jerky and Paleo snacks known to humankind, it also funds Steve’s Club — a not-for-profit organization that supports inner city youth through exercise and nutrition.

And if that doesn’t convince you, let me just say this: PALEOKRUNCH.

Seriously, I love this stuff and I know you will (or already do), too!

So — what’s up for grabs?

One of my lucky readers will win a Steve’s Club Seasonal Sampler and a $50 gift certificate to spend at the store.

How do you enter to win?

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Like The Paleo Kits Facebook fan page.
  2. Like my Nom Nom Paleo Facebook fan page.
  3. Sign up for my newsletter here or at the top of this page. (Don’t fret: I would never ever sell your email to ANYONE. And I promise not to inundate you with emails. In fact, I haven’t sent out a single newsletter yet!)
  4. Leave ONE comment at the end of this post to let me know that you followed directions — and do it by noon PST on Tuesday, 4/17/12. The comment can be as simple as, “Done!” or “Can’t wait!” Don’t be lame and post a second comment because you will be disqualified. If you have more to say, you can comment to your heart’s content on my Facebook page, alright?

And don’t be selfish — hit “Share This” below and tell your friends to get in on this giveaway. Sharing is caring, right?

Good luck!

Giveaway Time! Win Grass Fed Beef From TX Bar Organics

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As an expression of my sincere gratitude for your support in voting for me as the Best Food Photography on a Blog in The 2012 Homies, I’m hosting a giveaway for FREE GRASS FED ORGANIC BEEF! 

TX Bar Organics sells beef from livestock that’s 100% grass fed and grass finished on certified organic pastures up in Northern California. Plus, it’s delicious — well-marbled, tender, and flavorful.

Oh, that’s not enough for you?

What if I told you TX Bar Organics is also committed to helping the community eat well? Through their Food For a Cause program, for every 20 pounds of meat sold, a pound of ground beef is donated to a needy family that’s been adversely affected by the economic downturn. It’s a win-win for everybody!

How do you enter to win a $75 gift certificate to TX Bar Organics?

Simply sign up for their mailing list by clicking on this link. A winner will be randomly chosen on 3/12/12 at 8 am PST and he/she will be contacted by TX Bar Organics via email. (Unfortunately, you must be a U.S. resident to enter the giveaway.)

Plus, use the coupon code: NOMNOMROCKS to get 10% off all purchases. (Before you accuse me of being too big for my britches, please note that I so did not choose that code.) Code expires on 4/1/12.

Good luck!

Giveaway Time! Win A Signed Copy Of The Healthy Gluten-Free Life & Socks!

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**UPDATE: The giveaway is over and our winner is lucky number 190, Shannon Weiland!**

Who wants to win something for nothing? Okay, you have to do a little something but it’s so easy to enter and the prizes are groovy. 

I recently received a review copy of Tammy Credicott’s The Healthy Gluten-Free Life ($34.95 value) and I’ve really enjoyed many of the quick and fresh recipes. My two faves so far are Dutch Oven Pork Roast and Ginger Lime Chicken Bites

Although it’s not a Paleo cookbook, there are close to 100 recipes that are Paleo-friendly and all 200 recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and egg-free. The photos are great and Tammy offers lots of helpful, time-saving tips for busy peeps. For those of you who want to slowly ease into Paleo but can’t quite give up the baked goods, this cookbook was made for you. 

Guess what? You can win a signed copy of The Healthy Gluten-Free Life!

As if that wasn’t a cool enough prize, how about a pair of limited edition Nom Nom Paleo knee-high socks made by Gumball Poodle ($15.99 value)? 

These are UNISEX socks, so everyone can sport them!

If you already have Gumball Poodle’s BACON or MEAT socks, you’re familiar with the quality: These knee-highs are thick, comfy, durable athletic socks, and 100% made in the USA. You can roller skate in them, CrossFit in them, or just curl up on the couch in them.

(For those of you who can’t wait to see if you’ve won, you can buy your own socks by clicking here.)

Here are the rules:

  1. Like The Healthy GF Life and Nom Nom Paleo Facebook fan pages.
  2. Follow @healthygflife and @nomnompaleo on Twitter. (If you’re not already on Twitter, get on it!)
  3. Leave only ONE comment on this post below, telling me you followed these instructions.
  4. Do all the above by Tuesday, 2/28/12 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Good luck! 

Giveaway Time! Win A LunchBots Trio & Quad!

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**UPDATE: Giveaway is OVAH!**

This weekend, I had the pleasure of working out with Jackie Linder, the founder of LunchBots, at the Catalyst Athletics Olympic lifting seminar. I know I’ve spoken of how much I admired her from afar in my previous LunchBots giveaway, but after sharing a barbell with her for two days, I have even more respect for this thoughtful and passionate entrepreneur.

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Jackie started LunchBots in 2008 when she couldn’t find safe, reusable containers for the healthy foods she was packing for her kids’ lunches. Seriously, she created these stainless steel containers because there weren’t any available that fit her strict specifications for functionality, safety, and design.

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Thank you, Jackie!

I like variety in my snacks and lunches so I was stoked that LunchBots introduced two new designs — the Trio and Quad — that have three or four compartments, respectively. Since I’ve been on the Whole30 this month and preparing and packing ALL of my meals, LunchBots have been indispensable.

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Plus, the red colored lid on the Trio is my absolute favorite shade of my favorite color.

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So, how do you win a  LunchBots Trio and Quad ($39.98 value) to pack your own Paleo grub?

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Like the LunchBots fan page on Facebook
  2. Like the Nom Nom Paleo fan page on Facebook
  3. Leave only ONE comment on this post letting me know that you followed directions by Thursday, 1/26/12 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

As an added bonus, you can use the coupon code “NOMNOM” to get 10% off and free shipping on all purchases at LunchBots.com until January 31, 2012.

Good luck!

**UPDATE** We have a winner! CONGRATS Kimiworley!

Giveaway Time! Win A Copy of Well Fed!

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m keeping a copy of Melissa Joulwan’s cookbook, Well Fed, on my kitchen counter this month to keep my Whole30 on course.

I’ve been a superfan of Melicious for as long as I’ve been Paleo, so I was impatient for her cookbook to join my collection.

What I love about Mel’s blog is that the recipes are foolproof and filled with handy tips to ensure success in the kitchen. Her prose is so good that she doesn’t need fancy food pictures to keep your attention (*cough*). It’s fun to read her Smupdates and inspiring to follow her adventures in self-improvement.

The fantastic thing about Well Fed is that it’s all these things PLUS beautiful food photography, practical advice on how to actually get food on the table for every meal, and adorable sketches. I treasure this cookbook because you can tell her heart is on every page — each recipe is interwoven with anecdotes from her childhood and genuine words of inspiration.

And it’s not a put-on. I can attest to the fact that she really is that warm, encouraging, and va va va voom in person.

(Above: Me, Melissa & Dallas Hartwig, Melissa Joulwan, and Dave Humphreys at Animal, inhaling totally non-Whole30-compliant foods.)

So far, I’ve successfully recreated Mel’s Asian-style Scotch Eggs

The Best Chicken You Will Ever Eat….

…and Waldorf Tuna Salad.

Well Fed offers variations of just about every recipe in the book, so you’ll never have to make the same thing twice. In fact, Mel encourages you to stretch your culinary muscles and experiment. Being self-confident in your own cooking chops is the most important tool in the kitchen, hands down.

Now, who doesn’t already have a copy of Well Fed?

Shame on you!

Because I love all of you — even the sad sacks who haven’t managed to get themselves this insanely great cookbook — I’m giving away a copy of Well Fed to one of you (retail value: $29.99).

AND: In honor of Melicious’s roller derby girl past (haven’t you read her memoir?), the lucky winner also gets a pair of my limited edition Nom Nom Paleo knee-high socks by Gumball Poodle! (Retail value: PRICELESS!) 

These are UNISEX socks, so gents: You can wear ‘em proudly, too — pair them with your kilts or Speedos.

If you already have Gumball Poodle’s BACON or MEAT socks, you’re familiar with the quality: These knee-highs are thick, comfy, durable athletic socks, and 100% made in the USA. You can roller skate in them, CrossFit in them, or just curl up on the couch in them.

(By the way, once I get my act together, I’ll offer a limited quantity of these socks for sale, so stay tuned…)

What do you have to do to win?

Here are the rules:

  1. Like The Clothes Make the Girl and Nom Nom Paleo Facebook fan pages.
  2. Follow @Melicious11 and @nomnompaleo on Twitter. (If you’re not already on Twitter, get on it!)
  3. Leave only ONE comment on this post below, telling me you followed these instructions.
  4. Do all the above by Tuesday, 1/17/12 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Good luck! 

Who knows? I might even throw in a jar of homemade spice blend or two…

**UPDATE on 1/18/12 @ 12:26 a.m.**

The giveaway has ended! Congrats to Aleen! Thank you to everyone who entered!

We Have A Winner!

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I don’t like to disappoint 207 readers, but there can only be one winner of my Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker giveaway

I’m not loaded like the real Oprah.

To determine the recipient of the best slow cooker ever, I used www.randomizer.org to generate a number…

Research Randomizer Results:

1 Set of 1 Unique Numbers Per Set
Range: From 1 to 208 — Unsorted

Set #1:

    13

…did some quick counting, and determined that lucky commenter #13 was:

Jay Feitlinger!

BTW — Jay’s got a cool Paleo food blog himself, Arizona Caveman. Go check him out!

Stay tuned because I’ll be doing another giveaway before the Whole30 is over…